Leaders Call for Women's Advancement on International Women's Day
A celebration of International Women's Day took place in Liberia this weekend, with a number of the world's key women leaders present. Among many others, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet were present, according to Radio Netherlands.
Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean told the crowd that "I'm telling you: give women the means to react and you will see less violence, you will see the end of sickness and illiteracy because women never forget that life is the most precious thing....Exclude women and you will fail," according to Agence France Presse.
According to the Agence France Presse, Swedish vice-president of the European Commission Margot Wallstrom said "Still today in governments and parliaments, less than a quarter of members are women....There is no lack of female candidates. The reality is men tend to choose men...One half of the population is seriously under-represented."
In a statement on the occasion from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, she said "Put simply, we have much less hope of addressing the complex challenges we face in this new century without the full participation of women....A growing body of research tells us that supporting women is a high-yield investment, resulting in stronger economies, more vibrant civil societies, healthier communities, and greater peace and stability. But even so, no nation in the world has yet achieved full equality for women."
Media Resources: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Press Release 3/8/09; Agence France Presse 3/8/09; Radio Netherlands 3/8/09
7/24/2014 From Passion to Progress Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists - Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) staff, two congresswomen, and over a hundred DC interns came together yesterday for FMF's Intern Student/Activist briefing in Dirksen Senate building to discuss how to put a women's rights agenda into action.
Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal. . . .